16.03.2023, Moscow, Russia.
We cannot take revenge unless we acknowledge our defeat in the cold war and the consequences of this defeat, said political scientist and the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan on March 10 speaking on the program Conversation with a Sage on the Zvezda radio station.
“We can never seriously discuss the future of our country if we do not answer a very simple question: what happened in 1991, did we lose the cold war or not?” Kurginyan said.
We need this understanding not to sprinkle ashes upon our head, the political scientist noted. We need it to go over to the offensive.
“Pasternak said, ‘But you yourself must not distinguish your victory from your defeat.’ No. We have to distinguish this! We have to distinguish this in order to be on the offensive,” the leader of Essence of Time explained.
“Fight back after every misfortune, otherwise you will have no fortune,” the political scientist reminded the words of a well-known Soviet song by Lebedev-Kumach from the film The First Glove.
Kurginyan referred to sports, where a defeat of a major team is always analyzed in order to identify why the team lost.
Kurginyan noted that the fact that the USSR lost the cold war is indisputable. As a result, the political scientist stressed, the country lost great territories, and now “we are retaking tiny pieces of these territories at such a great cost.”
He stressed, however, our losses were not only territorial. He pointed out the humiliated status of the Russian population in the post-Soviet states. Besides, the country suffered a devastation of its most advanced productive forces, the destruction of the Soviet design bureaus, the Soviet army, the Semashko healthcare system etc.
Nevertheless, the political scientist noted, the USSR disintegrated in spite of all its brilliant achievements, and this disintegration is the main claim against the Soviet Union and its citizens who allowed it to happen,
“And still, if we lost the cold war – and we had an overwhelming defeat – what are the consequences of this defeat?” Kurginyan wondered.
The political scientist listed the key consequences of this defeat. First, certain style of existence was forced on the society. Second, “inside any fundamental defeat like this there is a phenomenon called the posttraumatic syndrome, PTSD.” All these consequences have to be overcome in order to take revenge for the defeat in the cold war.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency